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The mystery of the dejected Hardy Boys author

Through Patrix’s blog, I discovered a fascinating article in the Washington Post on the author behind the Hardy Boys series.  Franklin W. Dixon (or at least the first Franklin W. Dixon), it turns out, was really someone named Leslie McFarlane.  The first few dozen Hardy Boys books were churned out by Leslie, and later the…

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Why no one cares if food grains rot

How many decades does it take to build a godown? CNN-IBN had an article a few weeks ago about how 10 million tons of wheat and rice are at risk of rotting in India, as they are stored in the open under tarpaulins. This isn’t new, as we know. Every few years, some newspaper publishes…

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Did Sleeping Beauty snore?

Two days and twenty nine years after Diana Spencer’s wedding to Prince Charles, there was another fairytale wedding in the world (if you go by the US newspapers atleast).  We have been treated to front page stories every day on Chelsea Clinton’s fiance, speculations on the wedding venue,  her dress, guest list, the wedding cost,…